Food Crawl: All the Best Places to Eat At in Kyoto’s Arashiyama District
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Arashiyama Terrace Café
Arashiyama Terrace Café is located on the rooftop of the First Cabin Kyoto Arashiyama, a hotel that opened last March 2018. There, you can admire a beautiful view of the cherry blossoms while indulging in sweets, created in collaboration with zarame, a Kyoto-style cotton candy specialty shop.
There are counter seats and sofas on the terrace. On rainy days, guests are transferred to the lobby of the hotel.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Since the hotel is on top of a station platform, you can also get a good view of the Randen trains in transit. Besides the Tenryuji Temple, the Mandara Mountain—where big bonfires are set up during the Obon festival season—and the Togetsu Bridge in the south are also visible from the rooftop.
The cafe’s newest offer is the Kinarukumo… FCP (¥1,200). It is a dessert parfait with lots of kinako (soy bean powder).
This collaboration emerged from the fact that zarame opened at the same time as the hotel during spring last year.
The entrance of the cafe is on the right, facing the Arashiyama Station. You can use the hotel’s elevator to get there.
Arashiyama Terrace Café is located at 3/F Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square, 20-2, Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichicho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-865-3131. It is a quick walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
Arashiyama OMOKAGE Terrace
Arashiyama OMOKAGE Terrace is a café produced by the famous Japanese-style French restaurant, Gion Okumura. All of the seats face a glass window so guests can have a relaxing time watching the scenery outside. In addition to the comfortable space, the terrace also offers a variety of delectable dishes.
Gion Okumura’s specialty Arashiyama Gozen (¥1,998). Ryuoen Tea Store’s hoji tea (roasted green tea) comes with the dishes.
The café is on the first floor of the Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan. There are two cherry blossom trees in the garden.
“We also serve locally-grown yuzu squash drinks. Non-hotel guests are welcome to use the cafe, so feel free to visit,” says the owner Masatoshi Nanami.
Arashiyama OMOKAGE Terrace is located at 1/F Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan, 11 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays (the next day if it falls on a holiday). You may contact them at +81-75-882-1111. It is a 7-minute-walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
Shigetsu, managed by Tenryuji, does not make use of any animal ingredients and instead uses only vegetables, edible wild plants, and seaweed marine plants. This restaurant is where tourists can enjoy real shojin cuisine, a Buddhist vegetarian food. Moreover, the restaurant was also listed in the Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka + Tottori 2019 as a Bib Gourmand.
Yuki (¥3,300) is mainly made with spring ingredients and includes one soup and five dishes. An additional ¥500 payment must be made before entering the garden.
Enjoy the dishes in this spacious Japanese-style room. The restaurant gets easily full of customers, so make sure to contact them beforehand.
“While the restaurant is located inside a temple, we encourage our guests not to worry about the temple manners and just simply relax. Our low-calorie dishes are also good for the skin,” says staff member Sachiko Ikehara.
Shigetsu is located at 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-882-9725. It is a 2-minute-walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
Salon de Royal
Salon de Royal has been famous for its chocolate pecan nuts since the beginning of the Showa Period. Their handmade products are also known to be very unique. This spring, they launched a new product, which can only be bought in their Arashiyama branch.
The batter of the Kyo Hororo (Sakura) (¥550) consists of salted cherry blossom leaves, while its surface is covered with cherry blossom powder.
This shop is located on the north of Togetsu Bridge. In Kiyamachi, Kyoto there is also a café where you can enjoy their delicious sweets.
Salon de Royal Arashiyama Branch is located at 37-17 Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. daily except on Thursdays (the next day if it falls on a holiday). It is a 3-minute-walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
Terakoya Honpo is a handmade rice cracker specialty shop that’s been selling Hanami Dango for one and a half years now. They offer about 15 dango flavors such as the classic mitarashi (sweet soy sauce flavor), chocolate, and strawberry flavors. Their seasonal products, like those with cherry blossom sweet bean paste, are also quite popular.
Sakura An-iri Dango (¥180/stick) and Sakura Mochi (¥250) are sold until the end of April.
Only takeout is available at this shop.
The Sanshoku (3-Colored) Dango (¥120), whose colors are pink, white, and green, represent springtime and make for perfect snacks while watching the cherry blossoms,” says staff member Kosuke Noguchi.
Terakoya Honpo is located at 1/F AKOGAREYA, 37-8 Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-75-882-0760. It is a 3-minute-walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (20 March 2019)